Officials from Nersa and Chamber of business to address Civil Society conference on Electricity crisis

THEMBANI BUKULA, from National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), will address the Civil Society Conference on the Electricity Crisis, tomorrow Thursday 04 June 2015, at 09h30am, Booysens Hotel and Conference Centre, 33 Booysens Rd, Johannesburg.
Bukula’s input will focus on “implications of the electricity crisis for Eskom and municipal tariffs”. Nersa during the middle of June 2015 will hold Public Hearings to solicit public’s views on Eskom’s request for 25% electricity tariffs hikes. If Nersa approves Eskom’s request, such excessive hikes are going to have a negative consequences on our ailing economy and deal a massive blow to our poor communities, amidst the rising cost of living in our country.
MIKE MULCAHY, Green Cape’s Project Manager will also address the Conference at 11h00am, on “what local government can do to mitigate the ongoing electricity crisis?” 
MELANIE VENESS, Chief Executive of the Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business will also address the Conference at 12h00 (midday). Her input will focus on “what can be done at local? The proposal for Msunduzi Municipal Area to Eskom”.
The Conference started on Tuesday 03 June 2015 and it is attended by energy-sector unions; community organisations and business representatives. The Conference was officially opened by Numsa Deputy General Secretary Karl Cloete, Solidarity’s Chief Executive Dirk Hermman and UASA’s Brian Muir.
The broad thrust of the Conference is to develop a coherent civil society voice and develop a common response on the crisis of electricity in the country. The outcomes of the Conference will be shared with government, including rolling-out a number of campaigns from below.
The details are as follows:
DATE: Thursday 04 June 2015
TIME: 09h30am
VENUE: Booysens Hotel and Conference Centre, 33 Booysens Rd, Johannesburg 
Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.
Castro Ngobese
National Union of Metalworkers of SA
National Spokesperson
Mobile: 083 627 5197
Tel (dir): 011 689 1702
Twitter: @castrongobese